Early this week, Americans awoke to the news that the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, and three other Embassy staff had been killed in a planned overnight terrorist attack executed in Benghazi, Libya early Wednesday morning. This attack followed a brazen assault against the United States Embassy in Cairo, Egypt on September 11.
My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who lost their lives in service to our nation as part of the diplomatic corps of our country. They are to be honored always. We cannot adequately express how grateful we are for all that they have done for our nation.
The attacks on our embassies in Cairo and Benghazi appear to have been well-coordinated, led by radical Islamists and aimed squarely at America and the freedoms we all value. Eerily reminiscent of the attack on the American embassy in Tehran during the Carter era, we can, again, see what happens when an American President refuses to demonstrate resolve and leadership. The lessons from 1979 have been lost on this administration. It does not understand that when American leaders apologize and express moral equivalence between those who obey the rule of law and those who plot to destroy our country, our enemies see a green light to attack us.
Just hours before these attacks, President Obama refused to meet with the leader of our ally Israel, just weeks earlier President Obama confirmed that he would withdraw our troops from Afghanistan regardless of the facts on the ground, and just months earlier, President Obama's Department of State waived restrictions on foreign aid to Egypt. Is it any wonder then that radical Islamists felt at liberty to attack American sovereign soil?
President Obama's public response to these attacks has been feckless. There has been no mention of the fact that the Egyptian government took two days to condemn the attacks or that it continues to advocate for anti-American demonstrations. No contemplation of whether continued funding of the Egyptian government is appropriate. No reference to the fact that this coordinated attack on our country continues to present risk--as the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa, Yemen demonstrates.
It is clearer today than ever before that the President's foreign policy is fraught with failed leadership. Our military, Foreign Service, and nation deserve better.
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